Bilbao, the European headquarters of the International Music Industry Congress, closes the 9th edition of the festival with 3,500 attendees and will return in October 26-29, 2022
But first, the music will boom in Bogotá, which will be the new and first BIME venue in the Americas, from May 4-7, 2022
Bilbao, the European headquarters of the International Music Industry Congress, closes its 9th edition with 3,500 attendees. The event was followed by 30,000 connections via the online platform and its podcast channel. In addition, 8,500 people enjoyed more than 40 concerts that took place on both Wednesday and Thursday night at various venues in Bilbao, including Kafe Antzokia, Backroom, Stage Live, Shake, Bilborock, La Ribera and Bidebarriea.
The closing ceremony was held on Thursday and featured two great artists: Navarra native Zetak, representing Europe, and the Combian group Bomba Estéreo, representing the Americas. The ceremony further solidified the enthusiasm of professionals from both continents to collaborate, while proving that the bridges that unite them are stronger than ever before.
This ceremony served as a way to pass the torch to the new city that will host BIME in May 2022, before returning to Bilbao from October 26-29, 2022.
The BIME spirit will live on today with the urban festival of its time, BIME LIVE, at the Bilbao Arena in Miribilla. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. on its first day, with headliners Bad Gyal, Trueno, Maikel Delacalle and Frente Cumbiero. The party will continue on Saturday at the same venue with highly anticipated performances from Natos and Waor, Chili Mafia, Ana Tijoux, and Laura Sam and Juan Escribano.
The professional congress will be held in Usaquén and the events and first speakers have already been announced
The registration period opens today on the website: bime.net
The BIME LIVE line-up will be unveiled in the coming months
BIME Bogotá will be held from May 4-7, 2022. The image representing the event is an improbable encounter between La Rebeca and Apollo—the Greek god of not only poetry and music, but also of reason and time. These elements have nourished the sensitivity of human beings since the beginning of time, leading to Apollo being the inspiration for the imagery behind BIME Bilbao 2021.
To that end, BIME reinforces its commitment to establish alternative routes in the music industry that facilitate and boost artistic and professional flows between Latin America and Europe, generating opportunities for economic, cultural and relational growth for artists, professionals, companies and audiences directly or indirectly linked to music. All of this is supported, of course, by the linguistic link of a language shared by nearly 600 million people.
Selecting the city of Bogotá was not accidental. The Colombian capital is a vibrant city that is part of the UNESCO Cities of Music network, in a country that lives and breathes music and has, for years now, shown an economic and political sensitivity towards the Orange Economy—those activities that generate creative goods or services in the fields of arts, heritage, cultural industries and new technologies.
In addition to its privileged geographical location within Latin America, the city has the infrastructure to host such an event, with Colombia being home to a growing number of globally successful artists. As of 2009, according to official sources, Bogotá accounted for 45% of Colombia’s live music industry, and within the entire range of art and cultural events, music performances represented 89% of the offer.
“BIME Bogotá will be a meeting for professionals and music lovers, in which we will also include local and Latin talents and professionals in graphic design, music videos, vinyl culture and music documentaries, among others. Doing so will open us up to other business possibilities and collaborations, which will allow unexpected encounters and add up for everyone on both sides of the Atlantic,” says BIME Bogotá director Chucky García.
Rooted in Usaquén
Today not only have the BIME PRO dates been revealed, but also the city that will host the professional congress: Usaquén. A small and welcoming city within the big city, Usaquén has more than 500,000 inhabitants and was the first to recognise culture as a strategic component of sustainable development and a factor of local, national and international integration.
BIME is about work, it’s about the future and it lives in the reality of a sector, which is why it was built by and for the people who work in it. As of today, the event is still a work in progress, but we’d like to reveal the first five of many surprises we have in store for this event. We are proud to announce our first guests to this essential event for professionals and music lovers alike.
BIME Bogotá is supported by: Alta Fidelidad, Chilemúsica, Cucusonic Collective, Gaira Música Local, Gibson US Hispanic / Latin America, District Institute of Arts (IDARTES), National Institute of Music of Argentina (INAMU), Limbo Music, Mercado del Vinilo, Colombian Ministry of Culture, ProChile, ProColombia, Radio Gladys Palmera, Secretary of Economic Development of Cali, Selector PRO of the British Council Colombia, Ministry of Culture of Spain, Spanish Cultural Action, Basque.Music., and many more.